With the help of a few furry assistants, I spent St Piran's Day painting the view at Perranuthnoe.
It was a beautiful, sunny weekend in South West Cornwall; the perfect time to try my hand at a landscape painting. I started painting al fresco under the blue skies of Perranuthnoe. That is, until the cold blustering wind became too challenging, forcing me to retreat indoors.
Perranuthnoe is a lovely little village in South West Cornwall, with views across to St Michael's Mount at Marazion. [Click here to read about my visit to St Michael's Mount]
On Saturday it was St Piran's Day, the National day of Cornwall, and the sun made it feel like a summer's day - although it was somewhat colder than the warm sunlight in these photographs might suggest.
I was even lucky enough to have a few furry animals by my side to help with the painting.
Actually, a chow chow and two ponies aren't much good at being an artist's assistant. But they certainly brought a lot of joy to the scene.
Here are Tosca and Cleo enjoying the Cornish sunshine (and a few tasty carrots):
Painting 'Perranuthnoe Beach' was a very enjoyable step into the world of landscape painting. I look forward to returning to Cornwall in a few weeks time to have a go at another.
In the meantime, I aim to have a go at painting another Cornish landscape, using one of the many photographs I have taken. Although painting indoors from my Exeter flat won't be so atmospheric, it will certainly be a little more sheltered from the harsh Cornish wind (although I'll definitely be missing my furry friends).
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